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Jan 31, 2013 11:00am PST
quote provocative thing to say about the relationship between the united states and israel and the senate or the congress than what you said. name one dumb thing we have been goaded in to do because of the pressure of the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the term nlg. >> you said back then it makes us do dumb things. you can't name one senator intimidated. now give me one example of the dumb things we're pressured to do up here. >> we were talking in that interview about the middle east. about positions. about israel. >> now that exchange followed another faceoff earlier today with senator john mccain over the war in iraq. >> will you please answer the question? will you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since until nam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no? >> my reference -- >> are you -- the question is,
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 7:00pm PST
massachusetts announced his choice of who will take over john kerry's seat in the united states senate. and he did not choose barney frank, despite me publicly urging him to do so for weeks now. what could the guy possibly have been thinking? we'll find out when the governor joins me tomorrow night on this program. and we'll show you the man he did choose later in the show tonight. that is coming up. she keeps you guessing. it's part of what you love about her. but your erectile dysfunction - you know, that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 6:00pm PST
. thanks for being here tonight, sir. >> thank you, rachel. >> all right. the united states senate, while we're talking about it, the united states senate set a record today. also, there is a huge development in one of the wars in our world. also, we have a very important chart that imitates life that may undue the agita you felt this morn. if you are against women against violence act, what does that mean you are for? we have a lot coming up this hour. please stay with us. nobody said an all-in-one had to be bulky. or that you had to print from your desk. at least, nobody said it to us. introducing the business smart inkjet all-in-one series from brother. easy to use. it's the ultimate combination of speed, small size, and low-cost printing. capella university understands nurses are dealing with a than wider range of issues. and there are ever-changing regulations. when you see these challenges, do you want to back away or take charge? with a degree in the field of healthcare or nursing from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to advance your career while making a difference in
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 1:00am PST
. the united states senate, while we're talking about it, the united states senate set a record today. also, there is a huge development in one of the wars in our world. also, we have a very important chart that imitates life that may undue the agita you felt this morn. if you are against women against violence act, what does that mean you are for? we have a lot coming up this hour. please stay with us. [ lane ] are you growing old waiting for your wrinkle cream to work? neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair has the fastest retinol formula. to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in just one week. >>> map time! >>> map time! here is the part of the world where more than anywhere else you need to be looking at a map to understand what's going on there in the news on any given day. for reference, here is where our current war is. that's afghanistan. now, the eight and a half yearlong war that we just finished up, that was here. oh, what's that one big country right in between our two wars? that would be iran, and we know why the u.s. feels antsy about iran. this shows in part why iran fee
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 2:00pm PST
ever. why is america, why are we fighting the vietnam war all over again in the united states senate? the ticked off vitriol against chuck hagel. what is it about is? is it for show? is it about something hagel said in the cloakroom? is it the unfairness of vietnam itself that some went and sond didn't. is it about johnson's inability to win that war or end it. what burns so deeply in john mccain these days? it seems to excite those who knew nothing about vietnam but want to replay it. we big into the deep well of resentment purning in john mccain's patriotic heart. a resentment not against the north vietnamese who imprisoned and tr toured him all those years, no the against george w. bush and his political henchmen who tried to stain mccain's reputation back in 2000, but against a guy who fought against fear and ralliesed against wounds just like he did in the same army of america's long nightmare in vietnam, chuck hagel. a nightmare by the way whose flashbacks must haunt still the mind and hart of john sidney mccain. i'm joined by david con and joy reid. both of you, sir and lady, are y
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 7:00am PST
capacity. there's no one in the united states senate that has spent more time than you have on issues of importance to our country. the experience you develop while being on this committee and spending time abroad with world leaders, with your wife, who is at your side today. there's almost no one who spent that kind of time and effort. so i'm happy for you. i know the many conversations we have had over the last two weeks, you're very anxious to serve. you're ready to go. my sense is your confirmation will go through very, very quickly. i do look forward to your testimony today. secretary clinton's here today after a day of hearings both here and in the house, and i think you know you're inheriting a department like many departments throughout government, has numbers of challenges. we saw systemic issues that nide to be addressed and they're in the process of being addressed right now. our nation has budgetary constraints, which means that in all of these departments, creativity is going to have to be utilized to make sure we make the most of what we have and making sure that our u.s
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 10:00pm PST
choice of who will take over john kerry's seat in the united states senate. and he did not choose barney frank, despite me publicly urging him to do so for weeks now. what could the guy possibly have been thinking? we'll find out when the governor joins me tomorrow night on this program. and we'll show you the man he did choose later in the show tonight. that is coming up. [ dog barking ] ♪ [ female announcer ] life is full of little tests, but your basic paper towel can handle them. especially if that towel is bounty basic. the towel that's durable, and scrubbable. in this lab demo, bounty basic is stronger than the leading bargain brand. everyday life? bring it with bounty basic. the strong but affordable picker-upper... now costs even less. >>> too many children are dying. too many children. you must act. be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you. thank you. >> former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, the victim of a gun massacre using a high-capacity magazine was the first to speak at the senate hearing on gun violence today. she was helped out of the hearing roo
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 10:00pm PST
[ bleep ]. >> there is nothing less satisfying most of the time than a united states senate hearing. they frequently have evidence like this right under their noses and they wander off into their agendas and today was a classic example of that. your point is well taken. why not ask about something that the secretary of defense can actually do something about. this is something he can and must do something about obviously. there is an issue this culture of machismo and impunity and sexual violence in the military is not something that was cured by one order from leon panetta or his vigilance over the next couple of years have has got to be more. when one wonders about the issue. >> the good news he says he has seen the documentary. marco rubio has announced that he will vote against chuck haegle and every reason he cites has nothing to do with the secretary of defense. he has policy toward cuba and support for israel and defense budgets which by the way are controlled by the senate and the house of representatives. this is a free one for rubio since he is moving out in a non right wi
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 2:30am PST
united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> well why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person. >> name one dumb thing we've been goated into doing because of the pressure from the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the terminology. >> but you said back then, it makes us do dumb things. >> well, i can't give aun example. >> thank you. >> iran was another major topic. hagel incorrectly refer referred to the u.s. policy on the nuclear weapons as containment. senator carl levens with quick to help with a clarification. >> i've just been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. if i said that, it meant to say that i, obviously, his position on containment we don't have a position on containment. >> just to make sure your correction is clear. we do have a position on containment which is we do not favor containment. >> well, despite his fumbles, it's likely that hagel will become the next defense secretary. >>> it will be a several months before a threat of a g
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 9:00pm PST
united states senate, while we're talking about it, the united states senate set a record today. also, there is a huge development in one of the wars in our world. also, we have a very important chart that imitates life that may undue the agita you felt this morn. if you are against women against violence act, what does that mean you are for? we have a lot coming up this hour. please stay with us. a hybrid? most are just no fun to drive. now, here's one that will make you feel alive. meet the five-passenger ford c-max hybrid. c-max says ha. c-max says wheeee. which is what you get, don't you see? cause c-max has lots more horsepower than prius v, a hybrid that c-max also bests in mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. wears off. [ female announcer ] stop searching and start repairing. eucerin professional repair moisturizes while actually repairing very dry skin. the end of trial and error has arrived. try a free sample at eucerinus.com. here at the hutchison household. but one dark stormy evening... she needed a good meal and a good family. so we gave her purina cat
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 8:00am PST
united states senate spent our time trying to prevent that 60th. thank god for senator lieberman. i think history has already made a judgment about the surge, sir, and you're on the wrong side of it. and your refusal to answer whether you were right or wrong about it is going to have an impact on my judgment as to whether or not to vote for your confirmation or not. i hope you will reconsider the fact you refused to answer a fundamental question about an issue that took the lives of thousands of young americans. >> senator, there was more to it than just flooding -- >> i'm asking about the surge, senator hagel. >> i know you are and i'm trying to explain my position. the beginning of the surge also factored into what general allen had put in place in anbar province, the sunni awaken iing. we put over, as you know, 100,000 -- >> i'm very aware of the history of the surge and the anbar awakening, and i also am aware any casual observer will know the surge was the fundamental factor led by two great leaders, general petraeus and -- >> i don't know if that would have been required and cost us
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 9:00pm PST
have in washington with how republicans have broken the united states senate through abusing the rules. >> it looks like there are going to be a number of -- many more filibusters on motions to proceed. do you think -- do you have any plans to change the filibuster? >> yes, i do. i've said so publicly, and i continue to feel that way. i think that the rules have been abused and that we're going to work to change them. >> first press conference, day after the election, harry reid saying that going forward things are going to change. specifically, this was going to change. the de facto rule that republicans have gerrymandered in the senate for lack of a better term that pretty much everything requires 60 votes to pass now. that has never been how things have worked in this country. i mean, constitutionally it takes a supermajority to impeach a president or ratify a treaty or amend the constitution but not to pass an ordinary bill. ordinary bill passage should just take a majority. but republicans have made it take a supermajority. and harry reid the day after the election said he w
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 6:00am PST
president las no recourse if that united states senate of an opposite party of the president decides we're shutting down the confirmation process because frankly, you know that can be done. is that -- i mean, you know, there are no recourse at all for the executive branch here? >> yeah, the next election is the recourse for the executive branch. >> that could be four years. could you hold up cabinet appointments for four years. >> it could be two years. of course, it could. the founders put that in the constitution there about 1 1100 positions in the government that require advice and consent. it's there for a purpose. i was nominated by the first president bush to be education secretary. the senate held me up for three months. they had a right to do it. so the president has to keep sending people until he finds someone who can gain the support of the senate. that's one of the checks we have against an imperial presidency. >> you hope the supreme court upholds this broad ruling that basically eliminates recess appointments? >> i do, but i doubt they will. but i suspect they will narrow the
MSNBC
Jan 25, 2013 11:00am PST
history, the united states senate has been the world's greatest deliberative body and sometimes they deliberate a little bit too long but the white house actually said that they supported the modest measures and it depends on where you are on the united states senate. sometimes when people want quick action now, those people were disappointed but if you believe in evolutional or gradual change as president obama sometimes does, you would end up taking that half or a third of a loaf. >> okay. so progressives, though, certainly have not had a good time hearing about this and specifically coming out and being very stern in reaction to harry reid. take a listen to rachel maddow. >> wow, harry reid, yeah. this is the day everybody was looking forward to in terms of changing how the senate operate and if you hear sad trombones, that's why. after the months, years of promises this time he was going to do it. but hey. at least we'll be able to see them get nothing done faster now. >> all right. so i had a chance to talk with ed schultz in hi hour disappointed saying if it's up to mitch mccon
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 3:00pm PST
women behind us. and guess what, we have, now, 20 women in the united states senate, 16 democrats. we know we support it. we hope our republican colleagues do and there are good men like our president right here in the senate that will. and we're going to make our case that this is -- if we can pass paycheck fairness which will deal with the two major issues, number one, when a woman asks either the guy next to her or her personnel director what her pay is and the guy making it, she can be harassed, she can be punished, she can even be fired. we want to stop that. and second, there's a loophole where they make up that because you're a woman, gender, that they can pay a guy more. but usually, we find those are phony reasons. >> now, senator boxer, this affects, literally, millions of people. this is not a marginal issue at all. when you look at the fact that -- look at families. 12 million families with children rely primarily on women's earnings. 6.3 million families are headed by working single mothers. i was raised by single mothers. so when they only get three quarters, a little ov
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 7:00pm PST
from learning who will replace john kerry in the united states senate. governor patrick has indicated he will make that announcement tomorrow morning. that is coming up. i love to eat. i love hanging out with my friends. i have a great fit with my dentures. i love kiwis. i've always had that issue with the seeds getting under my denture. super poligrip free -- it creates a seal of the dentures in my mouth. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs, it's clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. super poligrip free made the kiwi an enjoyable experience. [ charlie ] try zinc free super poligrip. . >>> the ayes are 94, the nays are three, and one respondent present. and john forbes kerry, to be our next secretary of state, is confirmed. >> the senate voting present was john kerry, who stepped aside. the no-votes were from the two embarrassment texas voters have sent to the united states senate, and from an oklahoma senator who could easily lose a spelling bee if asked
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 2:00am PST
." >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> hagel was repeatedly pressed by both democrats and republicans to make clear his commitment to israel's security. >> i strongly support israel. >> and clarify his stand on iran. he incorrectly referred to the policy on iran and nuclear weapons as containment. >> i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: he said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that's kelly o'donnell reporting. >>> three stories that will be developing later today. secretary of state hillary clinton says good-bye it's at the white house and then gives a farewell address later in the afternoon. john kerry takes the oath and title of secretary of state. >>> meanwhile, keep an eye on vice president joe biden who is in germany meeting with chancellor angela merkel. >>> now here's your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. chris christie praised pr
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 3:00pm PST
border. >> of course, now it all makes sense. from glen beck's chalk board to the united states senate. beck started pushing these theories back in october claiming that president obama was funneling weapons from libya to jihadists in syria. from there, it jumped to fox news and then the gop senate. that's exactly how they move to the mainstream. senator paul, did you think we'd let you get away with all of that turkey talk? nice try, but we gotchya. every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok. [ voice of dennis ] silence. are you in good hands? ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to focus on other things, like each other, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sens
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 10:00pm PST
knowing what happened. >> there is no exam for being a united states senator. >> it is a matter of tricking enough voters. >> the bar is in the ground. >> what an amazing day two on the failure to unearth the conspiracy of how to lie to the american people. >> he is like a human whack-a-mole. ron johnson gets too close to him and your brain cells die. this is like the legacy of ron johnson. he attributes the warming of the earth to sun spots to gee logical spots of time. he is convinced that there is a conspiracy and there is none there. nor is it with hillary clinton saying it doesn't matter. he is obsessed with you know, he is obsessed with suspects who are no longer being examined and we know who did it. but he is following vapor trails to nowhere. >> i thought marco rubio did well i wondered if ron johnson was part of a one-two punch. he was going to really try to be -- men al migitry. >> it was striking to me. the sense of and this is bipartisan. the sense of paranoya anxiety that permeates every discussion of america's role in the world and foreign policy. you would think we
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 11:00pm PST
you've got 36 united states senators who voted down sandy relief a couple days ago, you know that something has fundamentally changed about the way that republicans talk about government. so i think it's too early to say that they're dead, but all the things dana points to are good signs and signs of some kind of sanity seeping in. >> and dana, maybe it's all in a name. because i think what continues on for sure is this conservative domination particularly in republican primaries. i mean, here you've got mitch mcconnell being threatened now in kentucky and next year's election from the right. >> right. and the tea party's never really been an organized political force. and i'us shorthand for the r ting the pay right now. and as i point out in the column, that force really isn't going anywhere because of the redistricting, because of the way things are structured in the house. and because of this primary system. we also have saxby chambliss bowing out rather than face a primary challenge. the element of the party is going to be dominant for some time to come. is the tea party isn't
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 8:00am PST
her footsteps. >> he's a determined and effective representative of the united states. has been as a senator, will be as secretary. >> and things were cordial enough moments ago. senator mccain was still blasting clinton for her testimony yesterday. >> she really didn't answer any questions, her response to senator johnson about whether there was a spontaneous demonstration or not, saying it didn't matter, it didn't matter how these people died? that was stunning. that was really stunning. of course it matters. >> all right, let's dive right in and say good morning to our thursday political power. mark ginsburg, joi ann reed, ron reagan, and republican strategist susan del percio. it's great to have you all here. as we speak right now, the confirmation hearing of john kerry is taking place. started roughly after 10:00 a.m. and this is a big difference of what we saw yesterday, ironically enough, this is the senate committee that kerry technically still chairs, and he made a joke about that, saying it was pretty -- pretty interesting position to be on the soother side, and those esteemed senators t
MSNBC
Jan 23, 2013 8:00pm PST
there were iraqi weapons of mass destruction that justified a war, the invasion by the united states. we are still searching for those weapons. they didn't exist. >> clearly, the strangest behavior of the day came from senator rand paul of kentucky. the tea party darling, the leader of the tea party used the hearing to grandstand and advance his political positions. >> had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you of your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> tough talk from president paul. his question to secretary clinton should help get to the bottom of things, don't you think? >> now, my question is the u.s. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to turkey out of libya? >> to turkey? >> it just gets weirder from there. >> i will have to take that question for the record. nobody's ever raised that with me. >> it's been in news reports that ships have been leaving from libya, and that they may have weapons. >> ah, i bet you can figure out where those news reports came from. fox news and other conservative outlets are pushin
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 8:00pm PST
for duty. earlier today, the united states senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm senator john kerry as our next secretary of state. only three republican senators voted no. >> mr. cruz, no. mr. cornyn, no. mr. inhofe, no. >> john cornyn and ted cruz opposed john kerry's confirmation, and of course oklahoma senator james inhofe voted no. we should point out that senator inhofe is terrible at flying airplanes but great at denying the science of global warming there is no reason they should have voted against john kerry's confirmation. he is without a doubt the most qualified person to be our next secretary of state. john kerry has served on the senate foreign relations committee for, let's see, 28 years? in the last four as chairman, as has served four years of the united states navy including active duty in the vietnam war. he has run for president, kind of knows what is happening. and he also already has travelled the globe on behalf of the obama administration, helping mend strained relations with afghanistan and pakistan. during kerry's nomination, president obama called him the p
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 9:00pm PST
in one of the most important committees in the united states senate. >> yeah. seeing the blog world just spelled out. i mean, i love blogs, but as a member of the senate on this committee with this point i would not be dragging that stuff into that hearing room. steve clemons of the new america foundation, washington editor at large at "the atlantic," thank you for being here, steve. it's always great to see you. >> thanks, rachel. >> all right. we've got another packed show tonight, including the absolute best reason to watch the super bowl. with all due respect to the ravens and the 49ers and beyonce, we've got a better reason. lots more to come. 8th, five days later, i had a massive heart attack. bayer aspirin was the first thing the emts gave me. now, i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. like say, gas station sushi. cheap is good. and sushi, good. but cheap sushi, not so good. it's like that super-low rate on not enough car insurance. pretty sketchy. ♪ and then ther
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 6:00pm PST
degree about a bizarre theater in one of the most important committees in the united states senate. >> yeah. seeing the blog world just spelled out. i mean, i love blogs, but as a member of the senate on this committee with this point i would not be dragging that stuff into that hearing room. steve clemons of the new america foundation, washington editor at large at "the atlantic," thank you for being here, steve. it's always great to see you. >> thanks, rachel. >> all right. we've got another packed show tonight, including the absolute best reason to watch the super bowl. with all due respect to the ravens and the 49ers and beyo e beyonce, we've got a better reason. lots more to come. f. [ female announcer ] stop searching and start repairing. eucerin professional repair moisturizes while actually repairing very dry skin. the end of trial and error has arrived. try a free sample at eucerinus.com. ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. now tell the world daniel... all
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Jan 29, 2013 12:00pm PST
issue of immigration because of how quickly latinos are growing in the united states. an enif they don't do anything, they're going to completely get wiped out. they know and the senate and in nationally and presidential races and eventually in ten years if you have that broke, you could yet redistricted and then on the house and not to mention, texas become a swing state. so they realize they got to move on this or else they're going to be very, a party that shrinks a lot in the next decade. >> peter, have you heard from the white house or the administration anything in way of a response to those rubio rush limbaugh comments and that interview? >> well, we haven't heard a response to that interview specifically. marco rubio was a part of that eight-member bipartisan group of senators that spoke yesterday and the white house made it clear they were, quote, encouraged to hear that those individuals on the right were now coming toward the middle on this issue. the white house, s.e. feels confidently as the president is getting the roar of approval of the largely latino crowd gathered here today and even a warning effectively saying if the senate plan fails, if the presiden
MSNBC
Jan 28, 2013 8:00pm PST
keep children of undocumented immigrants in the united states. senator dick durbin of illinois is intent on keeping a dream act component as part of the new legislation. >> the dream act is going to be an integral part of comprehensive immigration reform. the dream act will give to these young people the chance that they have been dreaming of, begging for, pleading to give an opportunity. >> i'm sure senator durbin is happy to have his colleagues on board this time around. but when the dream act was voted down in the senate in 2010, one of the no votes was this man, who was up there on the stage today, senator john mccain. another no vote was senator lindsey graham, who is part of this group of eight, who is also a proponent of this new senate plan. these senators see how their votes and attitudes have damaged the republican party in the image business, but the voices of dissent are still out there. >> i don't know that there is any stopping this. it's up to me and fox news. and i don't think fox news is that invested in this. but there is not -- i don't think there is any republi
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 10:00pm PST
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Jan 31, 2013 7:00am PST
of the secretary of defense. i assured the president that if i am confirmed by the united states senate, i will always do my best. i will always do my best for our nation and for the men and women and their families who are called on to make the enormous sacrifices of military service. their safety, success and welfare will always be at the forefront of the decisions i make. i also assured the president that i would always provide him with my most honest and informed advice. i make that same commitment to this committee and to the congress. if confirmed i will reach out to the members of this committee for advice and collaboration. it will be a partnership because the national security challenges america faces require it. our nation's security is the highest prosecutor of our leaders and our government. we can not allow the work of confronting the great threats we face today to be held hostage to partisanship on either side of the aisle or by differences between the bodies represented in articles i and ii of our constitution. the stakes are too high. men and women of all political philosop
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 4:00pm PST
optimist uk about gun control. do you believe the united states senate, which is run by democrats now, 55 controlled, 55 seats are democrat, will they pass a bill which the house will have to swallow? will they do something real that they can take to conference and possibly get signed by the president? because they've got to take the lead. the house ain't going to do it. >> i think if the president takes the lead and he takes the case to the country i think the senate will pass something. pat leahy is a great example of frankly the challenge here because he's from a state where people value their guns. but once hunters understand and then most hunters do understand that this isn't a threat to their ability to hunt, this is a threat to those people who hunt other people with assault weapons and kill dozens at a time very quickly if they want to. and it will get to the house. and the house, you know, is going to have a tough vote. by the way, chris, there's one other thing in this bill. it also bans rocket launchers and grenade launchers. >> i think that's fair. >> i don't want to be th
MSNBC
Jan 26, 2013 3:00am PST
, that is claiming new scalps today. still even in the united states senate, saxby chambliss, who got an a-plus rating from the nra and a 100% rating from the national right to life committee, he is being forced out. he is not far right enough. thank goodness they got that romney guy out of the way. joining me now is michael steele. thank goodness for former chairman of the republican party and as always a good sport, mr. steele. nice to see you. >> it's good to see you, rachel. >> do you think there is really no imprint at all that mitt romney should have left on the republican party? they're just trying to pretend like he was a bad dream. >> well, that's just silly. and the fact of the matter is that mitt romney went through a primary process in which delegates and activists around the country voted overwhelmingly for him. and so to now sit back and say well, there may not be a romney wing of the party, but certainly as our nominee, he did -- he did have some stature. he did leave an imprint and an impression. and you can't whitewash that. you can't just say it didn't happen, it did
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Jan 29, 2013 8:00am PST
currently sitting in the united states senate today who voted against bush's immigration plan. nine democrats voted against the same exact plan. and of those, i think three or four are from states that obama won, and the others were not. so this is not an easy road. do i think there is a good chance of it happening? probably a 50/50 chance. but until you put it down on paper and you start making thesis senators vote on it, it means nothing, really. >> all right. so, tomorrow the senate judiciary committee taking up the issue of gun control. and there is this anger among democrats, because this list of speakers, it's tilted in favor of guns. so pro gun testimony. so why are we not seeing the same kind of bipartisan support on the gun control issue? >> well, listen, that's more of an emotional issue, if you will, i think, especially after newtown. but, this is not the first type -- i mean, listen, chairman leahy is a longtime advocate, or has been very friendly with the nra, considering his state, a rural state. senator reid, the majority leader, the exact same thing. if you look at t
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Jan 26, 2013 9:00am PST
time with his family. said "when the current congress is over i will have served in the united states house of representatives and the u.s. senate for a total of 40 years. after 40 years i just feel it's somebody else's turn." now this comes a day after georgia republican senator saxby chambliss announced he won't seek re-election in 2014 as well. senator carton is a democrat from maryland. he also sits on the senate foreign relations committee. he joins me now. i want to get your reaction to both of those statements. it was chambliss who said the charged nature of d.c. these days, it's just so poe lliticiz. he cited that for a reason not to seek re-election. >> t.j. first it's good to be with you. in regards to senator hark in, he has been the champion for our children, champion for our seniors, champion with those with disabilities. he will be deeply missed. i can tell you in the democratic caucus and deeply missed in the united states snas. senator chambliss has been one of those who's reached across party line to come up with ways that we can deal with our fiscal issues. i know both will still be in the senate for the next two y
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 1:00am PST
pressure. >>> okay. after an election year in which republican nominees serving in the united states senate introduced america to the concept of legitimate rape and the idea that sometimes god wants rapists to impregnate their victim, after an election like that and its attendant inevitable electoral defeats, republican strategists are now coaching their party to not do that anymore. they're holding training programs and seminars with pollsters, all dispensing friendly advice to republicans about how to stop talking in public about abortion and rape in ways that creep everybody out. "this is actually pretty simple. if you're about to talk about rape as anything other than a brutal and horrible crime, stop." stop yourself, congressman. deep breath. try some gum or maybe a lozenge. so that's what's happening at the national level. republicans pleading with other republicans to please for god's sake stop talking the way you talk about women and rape and abortion. that's the conversation in d.c. where outside the house of representatives republicans are out of power and part of the reason they are out of
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 9:00pm PST
senator from the great state of massachusetts, john kerry was an officer in the united states navy. he served in vietnam, where pretty famously he was awarded three purple hearts and a silver star and a bronze star. before he was the senator from the great state of texas, before he was a lawyer, ted cruz, on the other hand, went to princeton, and then went to harvard law school, where he did very well in school. it was therefore pretty breathtaking when senator ted cruz voiced his opposition to both senator kerry's nomination at the state department and to the nomination of chuck hagel to run the defense department. chuck hagel received two purple hearts in vietnam and walks around every day with shrapnel in his chest. it was pretty remarkable when we heard the reason why senator ted cruz says that those two wounded combat veterans are not going to get his vote in the senate. >> we've got two pending nominations, john kerry, chuck hagel. both of whom are very prominently anti-us. less than ardent fans of the u.s. military. >> they don't love the military. not like he does. he is the junior senator from texas. there are no medals for a declaration like that, but technically speaking, i think what we're supposed to say is that i
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Jan 29, 2013 11:00pm PST
confirmed by the united states senate. happened late this afternoon. he's the next secretary of state. in fact, he is secretary of state. the vote was 94-3. the only no votes came from both texas senators john cornyn and ted cruz and oklahoma's james inhofe. what a trio that is. the foreign relations committee, which kerry chaired for the past four years, voted for him unanimously. tomorrow massachusetts governor duvall patrick is expected to name kerry's replacement to the senate. that will be a big headline, the new senator from massachusetts. we'll be right back. emergency we trust duracell...?? duralock power preserve. locks in power for up to 10 years in storage. now...guaranteed. duracell with duralock. trusted everywhere. duracell with duralock. [ female announcer ] some people like to pretend a flood could never happen to them. and that their homeowners insurance protects them. [ thunder crashes ] it doesn't. stop pretending. only flood insurance covers floods. ♪ visit floodsmart.gov/pretend to learn your risk. this reduced sodium soup says it may help lower cholesterol, how
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Feb 1, 2013 10:00am PST
that have combat experience and have been enlisted in had the united states army, business experience as ail successful entrepreneur, experience in the federal government and the second person in charge of the veterans administration, extensive experience with these issues as united states senator, as president of the atlantic council. you are talking about someone who is perhaps not uniquely, but particularly qualified to serve as secretary of defense, and i think kwaul ficks and his willingness to serve the country, again, you know, back in the 1960s he not only volunteered to go to vietnam, but he served there with great distinction. he is someone who is a patriot, and i think in the end of the day that's going to make the difference. his experience, his intellect, and his commitment to the country. >> and, finally, i don't know if you have heard anything -- any briefing at all on what happened in anchora today with a group that claims to be a left wing group against u.s. forces? we've deployed forces to run the patriot anti-aircraft batteries, the missile systems there. what do you know about what happened at our embassy? >> i just know what's been reported that apparently two people have been killed, including the suicide bomber, and that we're taking precautions to protect am
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Jan 31, 2013 2:00pm PST
opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> well, why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person. >> name one dumb thing we've been goaded into doing because of the pressure from the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the terminology. >> what is he trying to do there, peter? i mean, he's trying to bait him it seems to me. i'll answer my own question, into saying something against a fellow senator. first of all, if he were to name a fellow senator that would be the headline tomorrow morning and tonight on the news, it would be mccarthyism. this guy got prodded into voting a way he didn't want to vote because he's worried about some influential people somewhere. what kind -- it was like did you stop beating your wife? it's that kind of question. there's no good answer to that question. >> you're right, it was entirely gotcha. look, the problem here with hagel is that he came into a gun fight with a water pistol. these guys, as you said, were going after him.
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